I think we can all agree that Iron Man was one of the better movies from this past summer. And I think we can also agree that the Iron Man game was one of the worst games from this past summer. So what gives? And why do they still sell so well even though we know they are likely going to suck?
The answer lies in you. I remember when I was watching Iron Man fly around and kick ass, I wanted to do that. I even said to myself, “I wonder if the game is out yet”. Well, I went home, downloaded the demo from the PSN store and played about 4 minutes before I wanted to puke. It was putrid. But I still wanted to play a game where I could do things like Iron Man. That is why these games are so popular.
As for why they suck, well, that’s no mystery either. Low budget, time crunched schedule or just crappy developers make some of these games. But there is hope. Some recent licensed games have been pretty good. Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends and more have shown that using existing game engines, you can turn out a decent product. Hell, The Punisher game from a few years back was basically Max Payne and it was a lot of fun.
So what Licensed Characters have gotten the shaft (can you dig it) and how can they be improved? Here are my ideas. Be sure to give me your suggestions and maybe someone will take note and do these heroes justice!
Wolverine- Kind of sad that he has never had a solo outing worth mentioning. So what engine out there can save his Adamantium laced ass? How about God of War? Imagine the combos and the bloodshed and the berserker fury! Anything would be better this lame guy:
Iron Man- this one is kind of tough. I really beat my head on the wall trying to think of one.Then it hit me: Warhawk for the PS3. In that game, you control a guy who can jump into a tank or a jet and take off without any hesitation. Iron Man can do all those things, hell he IS a tank!
Superman- Remember the Nintendo 64 version? Yeah, sorry for bringing it up. Superman kind of has the same powers as Iron Man, at least in terms of what you can do in a game. So why not Warhawk for him, too?
300- epic battles with cool fighting? Why not use the Devil May Cry fighting engine with the Dynasty Warriors penchant for massive battles?
Lord of the Rings- forget RTS or that lame ass Third Age RPG. Make a straight up RPG using the KOTOR engine. Follow the story, split the fellowship and add side quests using the vast source material. Can’t lose!
So thats my vain attempt to spark some magic into this lifeless void. What do you guys think? How would you improve these and other characters?